$30 million project lays groundwork for clean energy greenhouse partnership
Endurant Energy and Bluehouse Greenhouse Inc. announced a strategic partnership to form Bluehouse Energy. Endurant, a full-service developer, owner and operator of innovative, reliable, and resilient clean energy infrastructure solutions, will invest up to $30 million in the development of an on-site 13.2 megawatt quad-generation (Quadgen – providing electricity, hot and chilled water, and CO2) Energy Center. BHE will supply a comprehensive, state-of-the-art system to address all of the energy requirements and thermal management needs to sustainably and reliably power BHGH’s new 2.8-million-square-foot high-tech glass greenhouse being built in Southern California.
Endurant’s investment in an on-site energy center is part of a strategic partnership to reduce and stabilize energy costs to support Bluehouse Greenhouse's strategy in its leading-edge facilities. Further, by using typically wasted byproducts of power generation such as heat, water and CO2, the energy center’s efficiency increases from an average of 50 percent to more than 95 percent putting the energy center into a leading sustainability position. The closed loop ecosystem will accelerate crop growth and improve quality while simultaneously minimizing the facility’s overall carbon footprint. The Quadgen plant will be built utilizing integrated ECOMAX units supplied by AB Energy USA, a company boasting an impressive portfolio of clients that are leaders in sustainable production of agricultural crops. The sustainable Food + Energy ecosystem is set to break ground in winter 2021 and will be in production in fall 2022.
The BHGH flagship facility will produce more than 50 million pounds annually of clean, safe and traceable fruits and vegetables for local and regional markets, powered by low-cost sustainable energy driving BHGH’s commitment to an ESG program. ALPS, a world-class design firm focused on the development of high-profile projects in Controlled Environment Agriculture, is overseeing the planning, design and integration of the facility’s numerous sophisticated control and automation systems. ALPS has well over 100 million square feet of greenhouse projects built across the world.
"We are very excited about our partnership with BHGH and our participation in the expanding Agriculture Tech sector," said Tom Chadwick, CEO of Endurant. "Endurant understands the importance of reliable, affordable, and efficient energy generation to CEA. We have seen an increase in demand for local food, produced in a cleaner, more sustainable and safer way. Our strategic partnership will support BHGH to provide exactly that.
“Endurant will be a key strategic partner for the Bluehouse Family as we leverage their low-cost, highly curated energy solutions for our greenhouse developments across the nation," said Ari Kashani, founder and CEO of BHGH. "Endurant’s experienced team and strong execution track record in developing sustainable, off-grid energy solutions was key in developing the long-term partnership. Through Endurant’s expertise, we will drive our ESG strategy with stable energy costs and reduce our carbon footprint significantly. This marks the beginning of an exciting partnership between Endurant and BHGH as we execute on our vision to build secure and self-sufficient ecosystems across the nation and move a large part of the agriculture industry to controlled environments.”